Ohio University Environmental Health and Safety confirmed Wednesday the presence of bedbugs in Baker Center. 

EHS received a report with the possibility of bedbugs in the LGBT Center, University Spokesman Dan Pittman said. 

“EHS immediately began working with Student Affairs and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion today to: 1) determine a treatment plan geared toward eliminating the source, and any possible spread, of the bedbugs, and 2) temporarily relocate any affected students and employees,” Pittman said in an email.

“Remediation” of the bedbugs is scheduled for Friday at 10:30 p.m., and room 354 is expected to reopen no later than the following Monday, Pittman said. 

“In the meantime, the LGBT Center will reopen under normal hours tomorrow (2/7) at its temporary location within Baker University Center 341,” Pittman said in an email.

The presence of the bedbugs seems to be isolated in the LGBT Center, Pittman said. EHS plans to complete a canine bedbug inspection within the entirety of Baker Center.

“Bedbugs do not pose a serious health risk,” Pittman said in an email. “However, Ohio University takes bedbug reports very seriously and has implemented a comprehensive pest management program to confirm suspected cases and to mediate confirmed cases.”

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